Dec 03, 2021
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a significant role in forming, publishing, and enforcing U.S. pandemic policy. Due to the Omicron Variant of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the CDC has made some significant changes to the COVID-19 protocols and requirements for air travel. These changes went into effect on Thursday, December 2, 2021 and will continue until the Biden Administration directs otherwise. Learn more in this blog.
Nov 30, 2021
The Biden Administration has established 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) travel restrictions on foreign nationals who were in: The Republic of Botswana (“Botswana”); the Kingdom of Eswatini (“Swaziland”); the Kingdom of Lesotho (“Lesotho”); the Republic of Malawi (“Malawi”); the Republic of Mozambique (“Mozambique”); the Republic of Namibia (“Namibia”); the Republic of South Africa (“South Africa”); and the Republic of Zimbabwe (“Zimbabwe”). The format and structure of the policy are nearly identical to the travel restrictions that were rescinded on November 8, 2021. Noncitizens who have been in these countries during the fourteen (14) days prior to seeking to travel to the United States are barred from admission, unless eligible for one of the Proclamation’s blanket exemptions or granted an exception pursuant to Sec. 2 (a)(xii). The National Interest Exception (NIE) process, rendered void by the November 8, 2021 travel restriction policy rescission, rides again. Learn more in this blog.
Nov 19, 2021
On November 19, 2021, USCIS conducted a third round of selections for Registrations submitted for the Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap. This news comes approximately two (2) weeks after H-1B Petitions selected in the second randomized drawing were due, USCIS’ third round of selections confirms that they still have not received sufficient H-1B Petitions to fill their 85,000-visa quota. Learn more in this blog.